Sport in Australia

Australian love affair with sport in danger of becoming an abusive relationship

Barclay Nettlefold resigned.

Lovers of Australian sport might well feel they've been jilted for much of the past year. It began at last year's London Games, where the country's Olympians won just seven gold medals, their worst total in 20 years. Its much-vaunted swim team won only one gold - in a relay - and some of its male members were accused of bullying other swimmers and taking banned sleeping medication.

Sunday, 9 June, 2013, 5:39am

Brad Haddin picked as Australia vice-captain for England Ashes series

Brad Haddin. Photo: AFP

Veteran Brad Haddin said yesterday he never doubted he would play test cricket again and vowed to help instil the team spirit needed for Australia to win the Ashes series against England.

25 Apr 2013 - 4:46am

Wisden warns of 'routine' Ashes

England team celebrates after defeating Australia in the 2010-11 Ashes series. Photo: AFP

The 150th edition of Wisden Cricketers' Almanack published yesterday warned that the Ashes would be "stretched to their limit" as a result of numerous upcoming series between England and Australia.

11 Apr 2013 - 4:29am

Ponting and Hussey rule out return to troubled Australia for Ashes series

Mike Hussey

Ricky Ponting and Mike Hussey yesterday ruled out comebacks to the Australian test ranks for the Ashes tour of England after the team's troubled series in India. With Australia 3-0 down in India and the first of back-to-back Ashes series rapidly approaching, coach Mickey Arthur has indicated he would be open to Hussey returning to the national set-up.

21 Mar 2013 - 4:56am

Australia hit crisis point after four players axed

Usman Khawaja, Shane Watson and Mitchell Johnson and James Pattinson have been dropped.

Vice-captain Shane Watson, James Pattinson, Usman Khawaja and Mitchell Johnson were all suspended for one test in what Australian media called "one of the most sensational days in Australian cricket history".

13 Mar 2013 - 5:36am

Asylum-seeker Fawad Ahmed seeks Ashes dream

The 33-year-old leg-spinner took seven wickets on his Sheffield Shield debut for Victoria two weeks ago and will have another chance to shine against New South Wales at the Melbourne Cricket Ground from today.

7 Mar 2013 - 3:42am

Dawn Fraser urges lifelong ban on Australian Olympic swimmers who used sleeping pills

Dawn Fraser

The much-vaunted Australian relay side, who talked themselves up as the "Weapons of Mass Destruction" but failed to make a podium finish, confessed to taking Stilnox - banned by Australian team officials - for a "bonding" night.

1 Mar 2013 - 5:40am

Doping widespread in Australian sport, says probe

John Fahey, the world anti-doping chief. Photo: AP

The Australian Crime Commission released the findings of "Project Aperio" on Thursday, saying there was evidence of at least one potential case of match-fixing, widespread use of prohibited substances including peptides, hormones and illicit drugs, and the infiltration of organised criminal groups in the distribution of performance and image-enhancing drugs.

8 Feb 2013 - 4:37am

Warne wants Fleming to coach Aussies

Shane Warne

Shane Warne, who said he was "frustrated on many levels at present", praised Fleming as "the best opposition captain we played against" on his website.

31 Jan 2013 - 4:26am

Australia restricted to their lowest ODI score since 1977 by Sri Lanka's swing

David Warner reflects after dropping a catch in Brisbane. Photo: AP

Sri Lanka found prodigious swing yesterday to shoot out Australia for 74 runs, the hosts' lowest one-day international total in 27 years, and take a 2-1 series lead.

The tourists also swung their bats at everything Australia threw at them, missing frequently and losing six wickets before struggling to 75, in a bizarre match that ended with 30 overs to spare.

19 Jan 2013 - 3:22am

Serena Williams expected to dominate at Brisbane tournament

Serena Williams. Photo: EPA

American superstar Serena Williams has played down concerns about recent foot surgery as she looks to continue her dominance of the women's game at next week's Brisbane International.

The opening tournament of the Australian summer features eight of the world's top 10 women, with reigning US Open champion Andy Murray headlining the men's draw.

29 Dec 2012 - 3:34am

Sangakkara passes 10,000 test runs in Australia

Australia's Matthew Wade catches out Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara on the first day of the second test in Melbourne yesterday. Photo: AP

Kumar Sangakkara helped lift some of the gloom of another underwhelming Sri Lanka first innings as the tourists faced a game of catch-up with Australia in the second Melbourne test yesterday.

Coach Graham Ford admitted some of his players might have been under pressure to perform at the vast Melbourne Cricket Ground with a 67,138 Boxing Day crowd.

27 Dec 2012 - 4:30am

Dilshan leads Sri Lanka cricket fightback

Sri Lankan batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan. Photo: EPA

Tillakaratne Dilshan led a counter-attack with an gutsy century as Sri Lanka trailed Australia by 141 runs with two days to play in the Hobart test yesterday.

17 Dec 2012 - 4:43am

No divided loyalties for Michael Hooper

Michael Hooper

Michael Hooper insists he won't have any concerns about divided loyalties when Australia play England at Twickenham on Saturday.

The 21-year-old is set to continue at open-side flanker in the absence of back-row star David Pocock, who has been ruled out of the Cook Cup match with a calf injury.

15 Nov 2012 - 3:26am

Dwyer has no regrets in choosing curved stick over straight bat

Jamie Dwyer is glad he didn't take up a cricket scholarship offered to him when he was 15. A talented batsman - perhaps with the potential to represent Queensland at state level - Dwyer turned down a bright future with the bat and ball to continue playing with the curved stick.

15 Jan 2012 - 12:00am